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2 Required Courses

CJUS 101. Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (4 units)
A descriptive overview of the adult and juvenile justice system, from the commission of crimes and offenses through sentencing and appeal procedures. Criminal justice standards and goals and the relationship of the social and behavioral sciences to criminal justice will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in criminal justice or social work.
CJUS 102. Criminal Law (4 units)
Historical development of criminal law and its contemporary application. Focus on the interrelationship between criminal law and the criminal justice system.


4 Required Courses

SSCI 306. Expository Writing for the Social Sciences (4 units)
Writing on topics related to the social sciences, including documented research reports, summaries and analytical papers. Revision and rewriting will be required. Course fulfills the graduation requirement in writing proficiency. No more than one of the expository writing courses (EDUC 306, ENG 306, HUM 306, MGMT 306, NSCI 306, SSCI 306) may be taken for credit.
SSCI 316. Capstone – Race and Racism (4 units)
An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural examination of the concepts of race, ethnic group, prejudice and racism which includes studies of changing prejudiced attitudes.
  • Humanities Capstone – Select from the Humanities Capstone courses (4 units)
  • Natural Science Capstone – Select from the Natural Science Capstone courses (4 units)


6 Required Courses

CJUS 311. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4 units)
Introduction to scientific methodology and research designs used to conduct basic and applied research in the criminal justice field. Emphasis on scientific operationalization, survey methodology and concepts of evaluation design. Prerequisite: CJUS 320.
CJUS 312. Statistics in Criminal Justice (4 units)
Introduction to statistical reasoning and social science statistics commonly used in criminal justice. Includes descriptive, inferential and predictive statistics, with emphasis on interpretation rather than calculation. Prerequisite: CJUS 311 and MATH 110 or 115 or equivalent.
CJUS 320. Theories of Crime and Delinquency (4 units)
Causes of crime and delinquency with emphasis on sociological factors.
CJUS 330. Correctional Theory and Institutions (4 units)
History and theory of punishment; overview of history of correctional institutions; analysis and evaluation of contemporary institutional corrections; consideration of research concerning correctional institutions.
CJUS 340. Police and Police Systems (4 units)
Analysis of police, police systems and the police role; limitations imposed on law enforcement in a democratic society in accordance with the Constitution; problems affecting crime control and the interdependence of police and community.
CJUS 598. Integrative Studies in Criminal Justice (4 units)
Overview and integration of major issues in criminal justice. Cannot be counted toward the MA in Criminal Justice; however, it is a prerequisite for graduate students who do not have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Limited to senior and graduate students. Prerequisites: CJUS 311 and 320.


9 Required Courses

In addition to program requirements, all students must complete a total of 180 quarter units to graduate.

CJUS 354. Victimology (4 units)
Victim role, criminal-victim relationships and societal reaction to victimization, including crisis-intervention centers, court related victim/witness services, restitution and compensation. Prerequisite: CJUS 320.
CJUS 370. Law and the Courts (4 units)
Nature, functions, limitations and objectives of law, criminal courts, civil courts, the grand jury and petit jury, family law, and civil liability for police and correctional officers. Emphasis on practical legal problems confronting criminal justice system workers and administrators.
CJUS 431. Community Corrections (4 units)
Issues and trends in community based corrections; alternatives to incarceration including diversion, restitution, community treatment facilities, halfway houses, probation and parole, and such developments as house arrest and electronic surveillance. Special emphasis on the functions, strengths and problems of community based programs. Prerequisite: CJUS 330.
CJUS 452. Occupational and Corporate Crime (4 units)
Definition, history, extent, causes, consequences and enforcement methods regarding white collar, occupational and corporate crime in business, the professions, corporations, unions and government.
CJUS 455. Forensic Profiling (4 units)
Forensic techniques used to aid legal authorities in identifying suspects and acquiring evidence toward solving crimes. Forensic profiles in various criminal justice components, such as law enforcement activities and jury selection. Formerly a topic under CJUS 590.
CJUS 460. Alcohol, Drugs and the Criminal Justice System (4 units)
Study of the history and development of criminal justice policy concerning alcohol and illegal drugs; consideration of the manufacture, importation, distribution of illegal drugs; particular emphasis placed on the impact of alcohol and illegal drug use on communities and the criminal justice system.
CJUS 462. Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System (4 units)
Examination of violence in the family setting, including spousal abuse, child abuse and elder abuse; consideration of legal issues and of short term consequences for individuals, families and the community; response and responsibilities of the criminal justice system.
CJUS 466. Justice and the Media (4 units)
Examination of the relationship between criminal justice and the media, including consideration of the impact of the media on attitudes and perceptions of crime and criminals, the relationship of the media and crime control, and the impact of the media on the operations of the agencies in the criminal justice system.
CJUS 470. Environmental Crime Prevention (4 units)
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and Situational Crime Prevention used by criminal justice agencies, community planners and architects, to increase security of public and private facilities.
CJUS 580. Juvenile Justice System (4 units)
History, development and theory of the juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: CJUS 320.